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Old 10-06-2013, 07:13 AM   #1
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I've never owned a revolver and dont really know a lot about them but I would really like to pick one up for my next purchase. What would be a good choice for my first revolver. Mostly for plinking and target practice (don't want a 22)

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Old 10-06-2013, 08:04 AM   #2
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I've never owned a revolver and dont really know a lot about them but I would really like to pick one up for my next purchase. What would be a good choice for my first revolver. Mostly for plinking and target practice (don't want a 22)
Ruger gp100 .357 magnum. Only revolver anyone should own. :rollseyes: lol. Seriously. I own a 4" and love it
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I've never owned a revolver and dont really know a lot about them but I would really like to pick one up for my next purchase. What would be a good choice for my first revolver. Mostly for plinking and target practice (don't want a 22)
For what you want to do I would probably go with at least a 4 inch barrel, probably in a .38 Special. For plinking and target the 4 inch barrel will give you a longer sight radius and a little more accuracy at longer distances. This is compared to a typical snubbie used for concealed carry. A 6" will improve things even more.

As far as recommending a specific firearm, that ain't gonna happen unless you provide a lot more information. You haven't even told us what kind of targets you'll be using or whether you want single or double action.
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I think the .357 revolver is the way to go as well. I own three.

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+1 on the gp 100 4 or 6 inch barrel. Also u can pick up the blackhawks in 357 for a little less if u wanna go single action. Me personally I like the blackhawks.

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Hold, aim, and dry fire one before making a decision. One man's perfect grip angle and balance can be another man's POS.

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Do you reload? If not 38/357 is the cheapest way to go. If you reload, ammo prices are all about the same. If you are a reloader I would be thinking 44 mag. As a reloader you could make ammo into anything you want. 38/357 can be loaded light or heavy too. But 44 can be loaded to shoot like a 22. It can also be loaded to shoot heavy bullets at speeds that would make you cry. However, if you don't reload 44 mag is incredibly expensive ammo.

I believe that anyone that shoots more than once every couple months could benefit from reloading.

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I agree with Rick about reloading.

For me, I would steer you towards a .357 Magnum instead of a .38 Special. The .357 is more versatile because it can shoot both loads, which isn't true of the .38.

My preference is S&W, but just look around at LGS' and see what kinda good deals you can find. If you find a nice one that you fall in love with, I wouldn't worry too much if the grips aren't exactly right. You can replace grips on a revolver as easy as pie.

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.357 would be my choice. Like everyone said you can go with light or heavy loads and also shoot .38. Think about a single action cowboy gun with a cross draw holster. The "fun factor" can't be overlooked.

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If you have never owned a handgun a .22 rim fire is practical. Mastering a handgun is the more challenging of firearms. The .22 allows a new hand-gunner a reduced cost to shoot hundreds of rounds. It takes many hours and hundreds of rounds to become familiar with hand guns use.

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